PowerVault NX3000 Network Attached Storage

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  • Advanced software for more efficient data sharing
  • No time wasted to set up or manage
  • Integration that adapts to your environment
  • Integrated or gateway deployment
  • Easy to deploy high availability solution

PowerVault NX3000 Network Attached Storage System





PowerVault Network Attached Storage Products

Operating System

  • Microsoft® Windows Storage Server® 2008 Standard Edition
    Microsoft® Windows Storage Server® 2008 Enterprise Edition

File Access Protocols


    Block Access Protocols:

    Optional iSCSI Target

Form Factor

  • 2U Rack


  • Number of Processors:

    1 or 2

    Processors Supported:

    Intel® Xeon® Quad-Core 5500 Sequence Processors


  • Drives
    Max Internal Capacity
    12TB Raw (with NL-SAS and SATA)

    Drives Supported:

    SAS, SATA, Near-line SAS:
    3.5" SATA (7.2K): 160GB, 500GB, 1TB, 2TB
    3.5" SAS (15K): 146GB, 450GB, 600GB
    3.5" Near-Line SAS (7.2K): 500GB, 1TB, 2TB


  • HW RAID Levels
    RAID 0, 1, 5, 6, 10, 50


  • Gigabit Ethernet:Gigabit Ethernet: 4 x RJ45 Connectors, both supporting TCP/IP offload. Optional add-in NICs including 10GbE


  • Dell OpenManage featuring Dell Management Console
    Optional iDRAC Enterprise or Native Java RDP plug-in

Data Protection Features

  • Single Instance Storage (SIS)

    Distributed File System Replication (DFS-R)


    Built-in VSS snapshots for CIFS/NFS. Additional snapshots capability may exist depending on external storage array.


    Yes (Active/Active)


  • Height: 8.64 cm (3.40")
    Width: 44.31 cm (17.44")
    Depth: 68.07 cm (26.80")
    Weight(Maximum Config): 26.1 kg (57.54 lb)

    Standard redundant cooling

    Hot-plug hard drives
    Hot-plug redundant power
    Hot-plug redundant cooling
    ECC memory
    High Availability Clustering (requires Enterprise edition of Microsoft Windows Storage Server 2008)

    Slots: 2 PCIe x8 + 2 PCIe x4 G2

    Optionally expand with MD1200 (H800), MD1000 (PERC 6/E), MD3000 (6Gb SAS HBA)
    Use as gateway to PowerVault MD3000i or Equalogic and Dell/EMC arrays

    Rack Support:

    Sliding ReadyRails™ for 4-post Racks
    Static ReadyRails™ for 4-post & 2-post Racks

AC Power/Max Current

  • Two hot-plug 870W PSUs
Advanced Software for More Efficient Data

Advanced software for more efficient data

It is now possible to share data among many disparate users in an efficient way. Single Instant Storage (SIS) eliminates data clutter. It identifies duplicate files, saves one copy and replaces other version with pointers to the stored versions. Distributed File System (DFS) gives you simplified, quick access to data stored across wide area network/local area network (WAN/LAN) environments. DFS replication makes it possible to eliminate local backup at branch offices and rely on daily backups from the corporate office. This helps keep administrative tasks centralized and easier to manage.

File Services Resource Manager (FSRM) is a single management interface that delivers better managed file services across Common Internet File System/Network File System (CIFS/NFS) and provides improved control and compliance over files. This is great for audit and planning purposes.

NFS allows administrators to consolidate file-sharing resources so both Windows and non-Windows clients can collaborate more effectively.

The PowerVault™ NX3000 supports systems management with remote management through Integrated Dell™ Remote Access Controller (iDRAC) and Dell™ OpenManage™ 6.1 including DMC (Dell Management Console), IT Assistant.
No Time Wasted to Setup or Manage

No Time Wasted to Set Up or Manage

File services are already preconfigured as part of the NX3000 for painless deployment. This reduces the overall deployment time, as it removes many management tasks and minimizes the impact on organizations’ file infrastructures.

The new Initial Configuration Tasks interface starts automatically during log-on for streamlined setup of admin passwords, network settings, domain membership and configuring updates. This lets users get back to running their business instead of babysitting setup.

Remote management is handled through a simple browser with ActiveX® Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) for Windows® or Java™ RDP for non-Windows.

Finally, there is no need for Client Access Licenses (CALs) because support for multiple users is already built into the appliance.
The PowerVault™ NX3000 solution expands capacity using PowerVault MD storage arrays or by leveraging storage area network (SAN) arrays, acting as a network attached storage (NAS) gateway.

Adding to the internal storage capacity of high-performance serial attached SCSI (SAS) drives, or high-capacity nearline-SAS or serial ATA (SATA) drives, external expansion arrays can provide even more flexibility. With support for both SAS and SATA in a single enclosure, MD storage arrays enable organizations to optimize their storage deployments by storing data on different drive technologies without adding unnecessary hardware.

Implementing clustered, high availability solutions is also easy by clustering two NX3000 appliances. The PowerVault NX3000 can grow with you and support many companies' growing data availability requirements.
Integration that Adapts to Your Environment

Integration that Adapts to Your Environment

The Dell PowerVault NX3000 is a network attached storage system that stores both file and application data(using the optional Internet SCSI target) at the same time while supporting different operating environments. The PowerVault NX3000 can also be deployed as a storage area network (SAN) gateway in front of a Dell/EMC, EqualLogic™ PS Series or PowerVault MD Series backend to leverage your existing SAN investment.

The PowerVault NX3000 harnesses the performance of the Intel® Xeon® quad-core or dual-core 5500 series processors resulting in improved file access and throughput. Plus, it has the added bonus of advanced software, making data easier to manage and share.
Energy Efficient Design

Energy-Efficient Design

The PowerVault NX3000 features Energy Smart™ technologies that are designed to reduce power consumption while increasing performance capacity. Energy-efficient design features include:
  • Efficient power supply units right-sized for system requirements
  • Innovative system-level design efficiency
  • Policy-driven power and thermal management
  • Highly efficient standards-based Energy Smart components
All these elements are designed to increase energy efficiency across our latest core data center servers while delivering the performance your business requires.

Hardware Support Service Plans

Dell IT Infrastructure Services
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Deployment Services
System deployment is a necessary evil that plagues nearly every organization. You must deploy new systems to help improve performance and meet user demand. With Dell’s deployment services, Dell helps simplify and speed up the deployment and utilization of new systems to maximize uptime throughout your IT environment.

Asset Recovery and Recycling Services
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Training Services
Arm your employees with the knowledge and skills they need to be as productive as possible. Dell offers comprehensive training services, which include hardware and software training, as well as PC skills and professional development classes. With Dell™ training you can help improve system reliability, maximize productivity and reduce end-user requests and downtime.

Infrastructure Consulting Services
Key challenges facing IT departments today include simplifying operations, planning and building for scalability, and improving utilization of their existing systems. Dell’s Infrastructure Consulting Services suite is organized into focused practice areas that signify the intersection of these common customer challenges and our domain expertise — including systems management, messaging, databases, virtualization/consolidation and storage.

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